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south since reconstruction, and the only african-american senator currently serving. >> the future is incredibly bright for america. we have our challenges. we have things that we have to overcome. but, boy, does the future look great in south carolina. >> so what does the future hold for the senate which we'll see 13 additional newcomers. will it actually get things done? >> let's bring in republican strategist and former santorum adviser jim brenburger. and steve, let me start with you. the congressman is going to be among five new republicans, including five women. >> first of all, the new senator is actually very conservative. and i think that's good for the party because i think in the most recent elections, we lost sight of the fact that we have to talk to a lot of constituencies. we don't always represent all the people that we should. by bringing in somebody who is not only african-american, but conservative african-american, it gives us a new messenger, and i think that's very, very important to our party. >> well, in both houses, steve, you have a changing demographic. mo
from places like singapore, finland, japan, and south korea just to name a few. the study follows the much talked about "new york times" column by nicholas chrisoff who visited the appalachian hills of kentucky and found run disturbing reasons why some of america's poorest children are illiterate. nick joins me now live from the "times" to explain. so you go to jackson, kentucky, and people are running literacy programs there but tlrl parents who don't want their kids to learn to read. it just defies all logic and all tradition here in the united states of wanting our kids to have a better life. what's going on? >> well, it's heartbreaking because there is, in effect, an incentive for parents to try to gain the system and have their kids be diagnosed with an intellectual disability because then they can get payments each month until that child turns 18 under the ssi system. and so, you know, there's no doubt that ssi support is a lifeline to many parents with kids who truly are disabled. but also, according to people there, there's no doubt that there are a lot of fuzzier cases wh
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